December 9, 2009

SRMC Now Provides Childbirth, Breastfeeding Education for Free

Sumner Regional Medical Center will begin offering its childbirth and breastfeeding education classes to expectant moms and their support persons for free, starting in December. 


Childbirth Education classes, which can cost parents-to-be anywhere from $30 to $150 depending on the hospital they attend for classes, will be provided free of charge at Sumner Regional Medical Center starting in December as part of the hospital's commitment to making the communities it serves healthier.   


"Childbirth education is extremely valuable in preparing parents-to-be for a healthy prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care experience," said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO, Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System.  "I hope all expectant parents in our communities will take advantage of this opportunity to learn and prepare for the exciting and amazing experience of bringing new life into their families."


SRMC provides two series of Childbirth Education classes to women and their support persons during pregnancy, including Special Delivery 101 and Breastfeeding Basics. 


"Most new mothers will agree that one of the keys to their comfort during the labor, delivery and post-partum experience was knowing what to expect, what to do when, and having the knowledge to make informed decisions throughout the delivery of their babies," said SRMC Childbirth Educator Marie Kimball, RN, BSN, ICCE. "In our classes, we provide mothers-to-be and their support persons all the information they need to feel confident about having a baby, and then to care for their newborns once they leave the hospital."


About the classes

Special Delivery 101 prepares parents-to-be for pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care. Expectant women and their support persons will learn about the signs of labor, progress of labor and birth, techniques for coping with pain, and how partners can assist during labor, among other information that equips mothers-to-be in making informed decisions about their labor and delivery care.  The class also provides a tour of the Women's Services unit at SRMC.  This class meets the first four consecutive Mondays every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Breastfeeding Basics is designed to help new mothers achieve a great nursing experience right from the start, providing information about the many benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect, and techniques that will prepare mothers-to-be for a successful breastfeeding experience. This class meets once a month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 


SRMC's Women's Services unit also houses a devoted breastfeeding services program to educate, encourage and assist new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.  The hospital's dedicated lactation consultant also provides prenatal consultations with expectant mothers, one-on-one consultations with new mothers during their postpartum stay at SRMC and follow-up consultations once new moms have left the hospital.

For more information about SRMC's Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Services, to register for a class, or for a tour of the new Women's Services unit at SRMC, please call (615) 328-4123.

About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System, is a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn. The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women's and rehabilitative services. SRMC has served Sumner County for more than 50 years. For information about services or physicians, visit



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